on March 21, 2016
Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! York Tee, Isha and Tessa are here to share their takes on the March Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! Rock My World Die Good Stuff Die Rock My World Stamp Set Good Stuff Stamp Set Tribal Bear Stamp Set Fall Blend Ink Pad Winter Blend Ink Pad What York Tee Says: I used watercolor smooshing technique to create the look of watercolor for the top and bottom of my card, with no watercolor paints but just a little ink and water. For the leaves, I blended Green ink across with sponge dauber and added water droplets onto it. I picked up the water with paper towel to have some bleeding effect. For the flowers and ribbon, I embossed with black embossing powder and colored them with distress ink and water brush. Lotus Stamp Set What Isha Says: Love watercoloring and this image from the Lotus Stamp Set is just so perfect. I did some masking and no-line watercolor. Super fun and relaxing :) Egg Hunt Stamp Set Welcome Spring Stamp Set What Tessa Says: I love watercolor because it makes things easy! I stamped the tulip first and then stamped the grass around it second. I painted in the tulip using the same ink as the grass so that the blades would fade into the watercolor. I gave all the stamping a messier look by adding watercolor here and there as well. Thank you for stopping by. Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! Happy Crafting!
on February 22, 2016
Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Isha, York Tee and Tessa are here to share their takes on the February Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! Products Bowtiful Die Lotus Stamp Set Products Doily Circle Die Feather More Die Tiny Twine Bow Die
What York Tee Says: I started with die cutting the Doily Circle Die from coordinating cardstock and patterned papers. I “Puzzled” and replaced the cut pieces with the cardstock piece cut earlier, using tape on the back side of the Doily Circle to keep the inlaid piece in place. To inlaid the Doily to the heart shaped frame, I cut out the inner heart shaped frame, overlay the Doily that I puzzled earlier to the frame, die cut them with the same heart shaped frame lit. Repeat the steps of inlaid die cutting for the remaining outer heart shaped frame and Mini Twine Bow. Then, I cut Feathers in a separate white card base, and inlay the shimmering gold Feathers into the opening. Lastly, I “overlay” (cut and inlaid) the whole heart shaped frame that I completed earlier to the card based.Products Rain Check Stamp Set Partly Cloudy Die Flower Circles Die
What Tessa Says: I diecut some patterned paper with the largest circle from the Flower Circle Die as a base for my sunny sky. Next, I cut out the cloud shape from the edges of the circle. I also diecut the cloud from white cardstock and layed it into the area I had cut from the circle. I love how the clouds go over the edge of the circle! I also inlaid the sun layer, cutting it out of orange and yellow cardstock and inlaying the center of the sun.
on February 08, 2016
Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Annette, Shelly, Laura Jane and our previous Gust Spot winner Laura Dovalo are hereto share their takes on the February Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too!
What Annette Says: I first choose a piece of designer paper that I thought was perfect for the photo inspiration and die cut using Flower Circles Die. I cut this same shape out again using white textured card-stock. I then adhered the shape to my card base inlaying it directly to the card. I then stamped this sweet image from the Willy & Friends Stamp Set, colored, die cut and adhere to card using foam adhesives along with the sentiment and pretty bow from Good Stuff Stamp Set.
What Shelly Says: I started by stamping each of my flowers and coloring them in with markers. After, I used the matching dies and ran them through my machine. Once done, I set them aside for the time being. I then started to make my 'scene' so to speak, using my flowers on a piece of white cardstock. One at a time, I placed a die where I wanted my flower to be and ran it through my machine. After, I placed my COLORED die cut piece (again, one at a time) on my white cardstock where I previously had my flower and used my die in the negative spot next to my colored flower. So it would trim my colored flower to fit perfectly with the others. Giving me my 'inlaid die cutting' technique. To finish things off, I used the 'with love' word die to place over the top of my flowers.
What Laura Jane Says: I masked off the heart shape from Flutter Stamp Set and stamped several flower layers from the DT Mix Stamp Set in colors suggested in the inspiration photo. I then used the With Love Word Die to cut out and inlay the sentiment in GOLD paper.
Guest (Challenge Winner): Laura Dovalo
What Laura Says: I was inspired by the fabulous tones of pink in the February palette and combined a couple of the stamps from the Flower Circle Stamp Set with the matching Flower Circle Die to make this retro style card. The inlay technique is probably one of my favorites and I used it to insert the pieces of the large flower into the background, as well as the pretty sentiment (With Love Word Die). Thanks for letting me play with you this month, it was a lot of fun!
on January 17, 2016
Hello, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Marcie, Daria and Shona are hereto share their takes on the January Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! Doily Circle die, In Every Way stamp set
What Marcie Says: The gorgeous Doily Circle die just BEGS to be used as a stencil. On my main panel I used a DYE ink pad to fully ink up the cardstock, saturating it completely. After die-cutting the doily from a scrap piece of cardstock, I sprayed the back of it with a temporary adhesive and placed it on the inked panel. Using a watermark pen I coloured through the 'stencil' and then discarded it and set aside the panel to dry. As it dries, the pattern appears!Leafy Stamp Set, With Love Word Die
What Daria Says: For the first card, I used stencil to position and stamp dots on the back panel. It is actually a very fun and useful trick when you want to make your own polka dot pattern :) I also stamped lots of leaves from Leafy stamp set to mimic the background pattern from the January inspiration photo. What Daria Says: For the second one, I took a circle stencil and used it to heat emboss some circle pattern with liquid platinum embossing powder. I took for my sentiment a Waffle Flower With Love die! It is so delicate and beautiful and suits to all occasions.Lotus Stamp Set, Leafy Stamp Set Can you tell that the DT girls had some fun with stencils? Hope you will join us in our challenge too! Thank you for stopping by!
on December 21, 2015
Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Isha, York Tee and Tessa are here to share their takes on the December Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! Isha Gupta Products: In Every Way Stamp Set, Congrats Stamp Set, Lotus Stamp Set What Isha Says: The flowers from the In Every Way Stamp Set were made for layering! I used them to create this fun and colorful background. York Tee Products: Good Stuff Stamp Set, Tribal Bear Stamp Set, Good Stuff Die, and the Winter Blend Inkpad What York Tee Says: I applied three different Stamp Layering techniques for this Christmas card – layering using two step stamping set, one layered stamping and layering of grey pigment ink with colorful dye ink. First, I used Good Stuff Stamp Set to stamp the outlines of the bottle and the solid body and lid of the bottle. Then, I stamped randomly variety shape of stars and snowflakes using different colored ink on top of each other. For second and third, I layered a white tag on top of my white card base and stamped on the layers at the same time. After finished all the stamping, I layered a grey colored tag in between. Regarding the stamping, I stamped the lined patterns from Tribal Bear Stamp set with grey pigment ink and stamped over the background with colorful dye inks and watercolor strokes. Tessa Wise Products: Notions Stamp Set, Doily Circle Stamp Set What Tessa Says: I started by stamping the doily circle with white pigment ink onto my white card base. I let it dry completely and then went over it with some light pink ink. The white ink resists the pink. Next I stamped the threads in some fun colors. Last, I added the sentiment with black ink. I embellished with a few little heart stickers to finish it off. Hope you are inspired to try the stamp layering technique! Find time to create and make something today!
on September 25, 2015
Hello friends! Lorena here for a new edition of Five for Friday. Today, let’s talk about frames. For centuries, frames have been used to showcase works of art, especially paintings. Those antique frames, though, can be real works of art themselves thanks to their amazing ornate carvings. And of course, frames constitute a versatile element of design, from architecture to prints. Here are some frame related images than caught my eye:
- Combine my love of books with my love of frames and this is what you get. Pretty amazing, uh?
- As I said above, a frame can be a work of art itself. Look at this one. Isn’t it beautiful? And the idea of using a frame to showcase a beloved teddy bear? Genius!
- Frames can also become an element of design. This “wall full of pretty empty frames” decorative idea has been around for some time now. I’ve seen it done with bright colored frames, black frames, black and white… I particularly love this take, with white frames against a dark grey wall.
- They can be found in typography and calligraphy, too. In this beautiful print, the frame encases a gorgeous handwritten quote and helps the eye by drawing attention to the focal point.
- Finally, a frame –particularly when used as an element of design- isn’t necessarily made of carved wood. Here we have, for example, a lovely floral frame.
on August 21, 2015
Katie here. The Lotus flower is a popular symbol and image in many religions and cultures. Emerging from the murky depths of a pond, this exquisite plant is stunning symbol of triumph over adversity. The lovely lotus also represents the sun, awakening, enlightenment, rebirth, and beauty. Today, I rounded up a few lotus-inspired objects and inspiration to share.
Let in the light
As a symbol of the sun, it’s only fitting that the lotus is represented in these light pendants.
DIY Lotus Origami
Master these folds and you can cultivate a garden of lotus flowers.
A lotus necklace makes a beautiful and meaningful statement.
This papercut art by artist, Lisa Rodden, features a lotus and koi and is nothing short of spectacular.
Words of Wisdom
Finally, some words of lotus wisdom.
Using the Lotus stamp set and Lotus die I created a simple thank you card. Stop my blog for more details.
Thank you for sharing the wonderful inspiration with us, Katie!
Fid time to create and make something today!
on August 14, 2015
Hello everyone! We invited our friend and coloring expert Alice Wertz to share with us today! Alice used Antique Linen Distress Ink to stamp the images and then colored them with Copic markers. She then used a brown Copic Multiliner to add the eyes and smiles to the faces.
Card 1Alice used the banana stamp from Willy & Friends Stamp Set to create a fun random background for her "3D looking" monkey on this card! How cool is that gradient coloring on the speech bubble?
Card 2On her second card, Alice watercolored her background and layered her card beautifully with a doily, a piece of washi tape and a couple of enamel dots! The color combo is just delightful!
Card 3We think *Tiger* (the shark) wants to share his strawberry cake with us! Shall we take it? LOL Alice also cut the wave line with a craft knife to tuck the shark in water! So fun!
Card 4This toucan bird card is perfection!
Card 5This lotus card is a team favorite! It showcases one of the many benefits of no-line coloring: to achieve a very realistic look! We love how Alice colored the dragonflies too! --- Thank you for sharing these amazing cards with us today, Alice! Find time to create and make something today!
on August 12, 2015
Hello everyone! Waffle Flower friend Yana is on the blog today! Yana focuses on stamping with Chalk Ink on dark paper in her video today!